sprocket

noun
sprock·​et | \ ˈsprä-kət How to pronounce sprocket (audio) \

Definition of sprocket

1 : a toothed wheel whose teeth engage the links of a chain
2 : a cylinder with teeth around the circumference at either end that project through perforations in something (such as motion-picture film) to move it through a mechanism (such as a projector)

Examples of sprocket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 16-foot tall stainless-steel structure depicts a white oval with black slashes painted across on a sprocket, atop red and white block-style posts. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 3 July 2021 Sometimes a single broken tooth on a tiny plastic sprocket can throw a proverbial wrench in the works. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 Sometimes a single broken tooth on a tiny plastic sprocket can throw a proverbial wrench in the works. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 Sometimes a single broken tooth on a tiny plastic sprocket can throw a proverbial wrench in the works. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 Sometimes a single broken tooth on a tiny plastic sprocket can throw a proverbial wrench in the works. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 Sometimes a single broken tooth on a tiny plastic sprocket can throw a proverbial wrench in the works. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 Sometimes a single broken tooth on a tiny plastic sprocket can throw a proverbial wrench in the works. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 Sometimes a single broken tooth on a tiny plastic sprocket can throw a proverbial wrench in the works. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sprocket

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprocket

origin unknown

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“Sprocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprocket. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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sprocket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sprocket

: a wheel that has a row of teeth around its edge which fit into the holes of something (such as a bicycle chain or a piece of film) and cause it to turn when the wheel turns also : any one of the teeth on such a wheel

sprocket

noun
sprock·​et | \ ˈsprä-kət How to pronounce sprocket (audio) \

Kids Definition of sprocket

: one of many points that stick up on the rim of a wheel ( sprocket wheel ) shaped so as to fit into the links of a chain

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